Oleander

Oleander is the name of a flowering shrub belonging to the genus Nerium, which is poisonous to humans if ingested. The name comes from Late Latin lorandrum from Ancient Greek rhododendron meaning "rose tree" from Ancient Greek elements rhodon (rose) and dendron (tree). The spelling of the name may have been changed to resemble Latin olea meaning "olive tree" because it apparently resembles an olive tree. … Continue reading Oleander

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Moria

Moria is a female given name with several etymologies and meanings: it's a the name of a Naiad nymph in Greek mythology whose brother Tylos was killed by a dragon, though she later brought him back to life with a magical herb. This myth is similar to the story of Pelops, who had been killed … Continue reading Moria

Olivia

Olivia is a female given name first used by Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night (1602). He could have based it from Latin Oliva meaning "olive" or he could have based as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old Norse Alvar meaning "elf warrior" or "elf army"; or it could be from … Continue reading Olivia